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Vivint vs. Xfinity

Compare Vivint and Xfinity to find the best security solution for your home.
Updated Jan 27, 2021

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Professional installation for Xfinity is unavailable at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both Vivint and Xfinity are home security providers offering a variety of home security options, including smart home and automation. Vivint is known in the industry for its innovative equipment and custom packages. Xfinity Home is a younger company but offers its customers bundled television, internet, home automation, and security into one package. Compare the features of these two providers to find the best solution for your home.

Compare Vivint vs. Xfinity

  • Price

    Winner: Xfinity

    Vivint carries a higher price point than Xfinity in both equipment and monitoring. With Vivint, you have to purchase a minimum of $599.99 worth of equipment and choose a monitoring plan. Vivint’s starter kit alone costs $599.99, and monitoring starts at $29.99/mo. Xfinity equipment starts at $360 if you purchase the entire system upfront, or $15/mo. for 24 months if you finance. Monitoring is extra and starts at $40/mo. Also, because Xfinity also offers internet, TV, and phone service, it is possible that customers who bundle can strike a deal for lower monthly monitoring costs.

  • Industry Experience

    Tie: Vivint and Xfinity

    Vivint has over 19 years of experience in the home security and automation market. Originally started in 1999 as APX Alarm Security Solutions in Provo, Utah, the company was renamed as Vivint in 2011. While Xfinity Home is a relative newcomer to the home security market, having only been launched in 2010, its parent company, Comcast, is the largest provider of home internet service in the U.S. and brings experience in offering bundled services and a network of home installation providers.

  • Equipment

    Winner: Vivint

    Vivint is the hands-down winner. While Vivint and Xfinity both offer cameras, smoke detectors, thermostats, and motion sensors, Vivint extends home security by offering more smart home devices and home environmental monitoring devices like carbon monoxide detectors and water sensors for protection against dangerous levels of CO and water-leak damage.

  • Home Automation

    Winner: Vivint

    Both Vivint and Xfinity offer home automation options with their higher-tier monitoring plans. However, Vivint offers more equipment for a more comprehensive home automation solution, including such devices as a doorbell camera, Google Home, and Amazon Echo.

  • Trial Period

    Winner: Xfinity

    Xfinity has a longer trial period than Vivint. With Xfinity, if you’re not satisfied, you can return your equipment for a refund within 30 days. Vivint’s only allows you 3 days if you decide that their service is not right for you.

  • Professional Installation

    Tie: Vivint and Xfinity

    Both Vivint and Xfinity require professional installation for their home security systems. Installation fees are not included in the cost of equipment or monitoring, and the cost varies according to the plan selected. One benefit of professional installation is having a knowledgeable technician ensuring your security system is set up properly and ready to use. The technician can also answer any questions you may have about your security system.

Differences: Vivint vs. Xfinity

Vivint has a slight edge over Xfinity with respect to its pricing, experience, and equipment. Xfinity is relatively new to the home security market, though it brings bundling and service experience from Comcast. Customers who are already subscribers to Xfinity's other services can do well by bundling home security and automation with those other services.

Xfinity Home Security


Professional monitoring starts at
$29.99/mo.$40.00/mo.
Installation
ProfessionalProfessional
Minimum contract length
42 to 60 months, or pay equipment in full2 years
Trial period
3 days30 days
BBB rating
C-C
*Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge.

Frequently Asked Questions about Vivint and Xfinity


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